December 12, 2014

Good morning. This is my last day at Poynter and my last morning roundup. Thanks so much for reading, and thank you for all the emails and tips (and corrections!) that have made it better. Poynter will keep the newsletter going — Kristen Hare will be your host. OK, enough talk. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Maureen Dowd emailed with Sony exec’s husband before publication

    Emails released by the Sony hack show the NYT columnist promised to show a column quoting Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal to Pascal’s husband, former Times reporter Bernard Weinraub, before publication. “i would make sure you look great,” Dowd told Pascal. (BuzzFeed) | In 2012, Times reporter Mark Mazzetti gave the CIA a peek at an unpublished Dowd column after she asked him to help her fact-check it. (Politico) | Related: Variety co-EIC Andrew Wallenstein ponders the ethics of publishing stolen emails: “Journalism is, in some sense, permissible thievery.” (Variety) | Update: Dowd says she didn’t send an advance copy of the column to Sony exec’s husband. (New York Daily News)

  2. Twitter reinstates journalist suspended for publishing public record

    Look who’s back,” Darwin BondGraham tweeted at 2:01 a.m. ET Friday. Yasha Levine and Paul Carr reported Twitter suspended BondGraham after Claire Lovell, an employee of a company called PredPol, objected to her office number appearing in a document he published. He received the document through a public records request. (PandoDaily)

  3. Remembering Michel du Cille

    The Washington Post journalist died Thursday while hiking in Liberia. He was 58. He returned to Liberia this week to continue covering the Ebola outbreak there. (WP) | “Many of du Cille’s close friends were well aware of the fact that within the past few years he valiantly battled and defeated multiple myeloma bone cancer, enduring chemotherapy and treatments as the cancer went into remission. More recently du Cille had knee replacement surgery. The work in Liberia was strenuous and much of it on foot.” (NPPA) | Post Executive Editor Marty Baron: “We are all heartbroken.” (WP) | Kenny Irby: “Whatever it took for him to cover a story, he was going to do it.” (Poynter) | Tom French: “He touched so many lives and shined a light on so many hard things in this world, and he was a wonderful friend to Indiana and to our students.” (Indiana University) | Photos from du Cille’s career, during which he won three Pulitzers. (WP)

  4. Gamergate cost Gawker a packet

    Gawker Media lost “seven figures”‘ worth of ad revenue when Gamergate targeted its publications, ad head Andrew Gorenstein told employees Wednesday. When writer Sam Biddle asked Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton how “much the company was spending on its content management system Kinja,” Peter Sterne reports, “Denton replied that it was about five times as much as his tweets had cost the company, leading to laughter from the audience.” (Capital)

  5. Rant Media journalists have to work on native ads

    “To me, getting the editorial team involved ensures we’re going to have the most engaging content,” Rant CEO Brett Rosin tells Lucia Moses. (Digiday)

  6. Newspapers will have fewer Sunday magazines

    Athlon Media Group has purchased the print rights to Parade, American Profile, Relish and Spry. It plans to rename and merge some titles and upgrade their paper stock. With USA Weekend closing, Athlon will have “a virtual monopoly in the category,” GroupM managing partner and director for print George Janson tells Stuart Elliott. (NYT)

  7. Post-Dispatch’s Ferguson coverage honored

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor Gilbert Bailon received the National Press Foundation’s Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award for his paper’s coverage of Ferguson. BuzzFeed News won NPF’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress, and Re/code won the Excellence in Online Journalism Award. (National Press Foundation)

  8. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    Canoes and kayaks in a Healdsburg, California, parking lot on Thursday. (Courtesy the Newseum)

  9. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Kevin Sullivan has been named executive producer at “Reveal.” He’s the senior managing editor of “Here and Now.” (Center for Investigative Reporting) | Mike Hofman has been named executive digital director at GQ. He’s executive digital director at Glamour. (Email) | Steve Battaglio is now a TV and media business reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was the business editor at TV Guide. (Email) | Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for interns. Get your résumés in! (AP) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Correction: This article’s headline and first item have been changed to reflect the facts of the story, and an update has been added with Maureen Dowd’s comments about the leaked emails.

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City…
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